December 1 onwards, mobile phone users do not have to worry about going to their phone operators’ stores for linking their phones with Aadhaar card. It would become a lot easier from within the proximities of home. According to a government regulation, it is mandatory to re-verify your mobile number with yur Aadhaar number by February 06, 2018.
For the ease of mobile phone users, UIDAI has issued two ways of verifying the sim card with the Aadhaar card- one by going to the website or the app provided by the mobile phone operators and second by calling the phone helplines for getting an OTP to verify their Aadhaar with mobile number.
Linking Aadhaar and SIM through operator’s website
The mobile phone users can visit the website or mobile apps of their telecom operators and re-verify the Aadhaar number. The user has to first enter the mobile number which is to be verified. The telecom operator will generate an OTP on the given mobile number, which has to be entered on the website or app. This will confirm that the mobile number to be re-verified is with the person. A consent message will be displayed on the website and after checking that box, you need to enter your Aadhaar number.
The operator will generate an OTP request to UIDAI which will be sent to the number registered. This OTP will have to be re-verified, which will finalise the connection between the SIM and the Aadhaar card.
Calling the helpline number
The second best way to link the SIM with Aadhaar card is to call your telecom service provider. An IVRS will instruct you to give details of the Aadhaar card and mobile number. While the rest of the process is the same as above, the user will receive the OTP from UIDAI, which has to be entered to re-verify.
UIDAI said, “The IVR language should be in English, Hindi and other regional languages of the respective states/circles.”
It has to be noted that it has become mandatory to link your bank account and insurance policies with Aadhaar, the deadline of which is December 31, 2017. UIDAI has launched its mAadhaar for Android users back in July, where all details about the Aadhaar and the accounts linked to it can be accessed.